Banking. The leading UK commercial bank - i.e. one that does real banking - with a very strong reputation for looking after its employees. Somewhere that you can expect to make progress based on merit rather than qualifications, and to be able to transfer between its various activities.
BSc Leadership and Management
Online at above website
4.5 days per week
study blocks (2 – 3 per annum, off-site)
0.5 days per week
Yes, if apprenticeship successfully completed
Quick response when contacted but cagey about information on salaries, perhaps being bankers this is a somewhat sensitive subject for them. They also failed to give us any details of the entry requirements needed which is surely not a touchy area. Also, a slight niggle that they don't provide a contact email so how do you find out what qualifications you need before you waste time applying.
The aeroplane builder: top flight engineering with an emphasis on everything being done perfectly (for which we have often been thankful) and therefore on hands-on skills - graduate recruits get sent to the local FE college for a year before they are allowed near the factory floor. A good employer by all accounts.
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Accenture is a top-line business consulting company; this apprenticeship is in their IT consulting division, and the embedded degree is a solidly technical one. You will very rapidly be part of building real IT applications; expect to be living out of a suitcase near whichever client you are working for. If you have ambitions to move into their mainstream consulting business, make sure that you understand what this takes: their recruitment into this area is very Oxbridgey, and we are not clear how an IT apprentice could come up-to-status.
"Design and consultancy for natural and built assets", they say: a top-end global construction company based in Holland but with strong UK roots. This is an apprenticeship that leads to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor - the top professional qualification with MRICS after your name, and a core role in a business like Arcadis. Long term prospects: the UK CEO is a FRICS; say no more.
Defence of the Realm. The armed forces take training seriously: you will find yourself taking courses with great regularity. A positive, enormously supportive environment which will push you as far as you can go, and build management skills into everything you learn. Start anywhere and end up with a degree. Forces life is a thing apart - quite strange if you have not encountered it among your relatives, but something that most of us can get used to (as our forebears did): instant obedience and initiative combined, and a very strong community.